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Ineffective leadership, bane of development, says Na’Abba


Ghali Umar Na’Abba

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has said that the development and governance problem of Nigeria is in her inability to produce leaders who are prepared for good governance.

Na’Abba made the assertion at the 2016/2017 Matriculation and Fellowship Endowment ceremony of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) in Abuja at the weekend.

He said that the country had been very unfortunate that only those he called ‘accidental leaders’ had presided over its affairs particularly since 1999 when she re-embraced democracy.


He, therefore, called on more credible Nigerians to participate in politics to allow the electorate make good leadership choices. The former presiding officer expressed regret that leadership recruitment process in the country had been hijacked by a few politicians.

“I believe that not just the Legislature, every arm of government that is serving the purpose of good governance must invest in exposing democracy to the people. It is a sad commentary on our political life that today, recruitment into leadership has been subverted by a few politicians because they deny Nigerians opportunity to contest elections and achieve their aspirations through the systematic appropriation of political parties to themselves. These politicians have stopped the growth of democracy.

“And it is true that unless democracy is allowed to grow, we cannot achieve the desired political growth and we can also not achieve the desired social growth in our country. And that is why we are still in political, economic and social doldrums. We have been having successive accidental leaders since 1999.

“It is time for us to begin to understand that the more participation Nigerians enjoy in politics, the more political development we attain; consequently economic and social development,” Na’Abba said.

House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who also spoke at the event, said the National Assembly had made appreciable efforts in fulfilling its democratic obligations to Nigerians by paying particular attention to capacity building.

He stated that parliamentary capacity development was important to ensure balance of power among the branches of a democratic system.

The Speaker noted that knowledge gained by the participants would build a pool of competent members of staff and members to enhance international best practices in the discharge of their duties.

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